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England take Ashes 2013 after Australia spontaneously combust

Ashes 2013: Stuart Broad took 6-50 (11 in the match) as Australia lost nine wickets in one session (Reuters)

Australia, with victory in sight, collapsed from 120 for one to 224 all out in a crazy post-tea spell as England won the fourth Test by 74 runs to go 3-0 up in the five-match Ashes series on Monday.

A pugnacious innings from David Warner (71) put Australia in complete control but Tim Bresnan produced a peach of a delivery to remove the opener and that seemed to sap all the confidence out of the tourists as they lost eight wickets for 56 runs.

Stuart Broad (6-50) picked up his second five-wicket haul of the match with another dynamic burst as he and Bresnan (2-36) ripped the heart out of the Australian batting. “That was amazing,” Broad told Sky Sports. “Australia gave us nothing in that middle session and we had to regroup at tea.”

A thrilling game ended in the gloom after the umpires had fidgeted around with their light meters amid boos from the crowd. With one wicket left to fall, Broad came back on to seal England’s third straight win in an Ashes series by removing Peter Siddle for 23.

England’s triumphant players gathered together in a huddle and danced in joyous celebration. It all looked so different a few hours earlier as Warner and first-innings centurion Chris Rogers put together an opening stand of 109.

Rogers played the tortoise to Warner’s hare as the two left-handers, chasing a victory target of 299, carried the attack to England. Warner hit several crunching strokes even as Rogers had two lucky escapes via the DRS and was also dropped by Graeme Swann. The spinner finally had him caught by Jonathan Trott for 49.

Warner, who welcomed Swann to the attack by lofting him over wide mid-on for six, continued to play with freedom when he was joined by Usman Khawaja. England then captured the key wicket of Warner when he edged a brutish, lifting ball from Bresnan to wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

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